Co-Curricular Activities

It’s easy to get involved beyond the classroom at St. Joseph’s! Club meetings are usually held before school or during lunch, enabling our students to pursue their passions and connect with their classmates while maintaining balance in their schedules.


Club Moderator Details
Advancement Representatives Rachel Neubauer Assists Office of Development with donor events. Applications open to high school only.
Agape: High School Gabe Lewis Open to all high school students, Friday mornings before school, breakfast, fellowship and a guest speaker each week.
Agape: Middle School Gabe Lewis Open to all middle schoolers, 2x/month before school, breakfast, fellowship and a high school witness of faith.
All-American Club Shawna Fesler Bringing high school students together in support of our military. Meets monthly during lunch on Thursdays to write letters to our troops.
Audio/Visual Club Jen Collins Strives to help its members develop their skills in visual arts, mainly photography and videography, as well as provide the highest quality content to promote the school and other school organizations.
Beta Club Jean Crosby The National Beta Club recognizes high academic achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, fosters leadership skills and provides setting for students to develop interpersonal relationship skills. 
Book Club – Middle School Phyllis Stanton Open to all Middle Schoolers. Meets weekly during lunch on Thursdays.
Boys Volleyball Club – Middle School Phyllis Stanton MS boys play volleyball in the gym during Club Time.
Campus Ministry – 8th Grade Gabe Lewis Open to all 8th graders, weekly club led by high school students every Wednesday after school. A snack is included.
Campus Ministry – High School Gabe Lewis and Michele Houmis Open to all high school students every Wednesday from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, meet for songs, a reading/conversation about our hearts’ questions, and dinner.
Chess Club – High School George Carr Thursday’s at Lunch
Chess Club – Middle School Elaine Trakas Anyone is welcome to join.  We meet during club time on Thursday mornings in Room C204.
Comadres Shawna Fesler For high school girls seeking to discover God’s plan for their lives and what it means to be his disciple as a young woman. This group is sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Charleston. Meets every Friday at lunch.
Compadres Gabe Lewis Meets Fridays during lunch and is for high school boys seeking to learn what it means to follow Christ as a young man in the modern world. How do I learn to hear his voice, to learn what he wants for me, to live as he lived? This group is sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Charleston.
Dance Club – Middle School Tami Kiser During Club time
Environmental Club – High School Joanna McLucas Meets on the second Thursday club time of the month.   All students are eligible to be members.
Environmental Club – Middle School Lisa Shapiro Meets during club time and sometimes after school. There are three components to the Environmental Club. 1 – Care of the critters – students learn how to hold and care for Mrs. Shapiro’s critters. 2 – Recycling – students volunteer to empty classroom bins and assist with Mrs. McLucas’ Green Steps program organizing the Tap and Stack project. 3 – Gardening – students plant and maintain the middle school garden.  They also provide Chef Shawn with their harvested herbs and vegetables for our school lunches!
German Club – High School David Wilson
Girl Talk Elizabeth Duncan Student to student mentoring program where SJCS high school girls mentor middle school girls helping them deal with the issues they face from day to day. Our mission is to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Meets Thursdays during club time
Guild of St. Martha Fr. Jonathan Duncan Sacristan and Liturgical Reader group, open to any girl in the middle or high school who would like to serve Christ by preparing the Mass and reading.
Guild of St. Stephen Fr. Jonathan Duncan Altar Server group, open to any boy in the middle and high school who would like to serve at the school’s daily or all-school masses.
Interact Club Kevin Stanton Interested high school students serve the community and work with the Rotary club. We would like to continue inspiring SJCS students to volunteer and serve. Meets twice per month during the lunch period in room 204.
International Affairs Club Marla Palmer
International Club Michele Houmis Open to 9-12 graders, the International Club is interested in all things international. We give presentations on countries and raise money for international needs. We seek to grow through understanding different places and cultures.
International Thespian Society Teresa McGrath The world’s largest honor society for theatre arts students. High school students are invited to join based upon their involvement in the SJCS Theatre Department.
Journaling with the Word of God Lynn Connelly High school girls introducing middle school girls to scripture that relates to the middle school journey. Discussion and artistic journaling techniques and ideas will be shared.
Kairos Leaders Julie Schroeder Rising seniors who participated in the junior year Kairos retreat are eligible to apply to lead Kairos as seniors. This year Kairos leaders meet on Fridays at lunch.
Lego Robotics – High School Brian Haffey We urge any Computer Science, Engineer, Architect, Communications and Marketing, and design specialists to consider joining the team.  This will be the pioneering year and a lot of fun.
Lego Robotics – Middle School Ron Thompson Middle School Lego Robotics will work towards a competitive team this year.  We will meet during club time and any other times that we meet will be determined by the students and the moderator after the club fair.
Love of Giving Elizabeth Duncan Love of Giving is a service organization that makes fleece blankets to give to those in need of comfort at Shriner’s Hospital. No experience necessary, we will teach you how to make the blankets. If coming from MS Mass on Mondays, bring your lunch and join us in Mrs. Duncan’s room, 505.
Math Competition Team – Middle School Elaine Trakas & Therese DeMars Participants are invited by the moderators.  Qualifications are an average of 95 or greater in math class. 8th graders in Algebra 1B  and select seventh graders
Medical Club Rick Morris This club is open to any student who is interested in the medical sciences.  We meet most Thursdays during club period.  We also have periodic speakers come at various times throughout the year.
Mental Illness Awareness Club Jamie Swingle Meets once a month, days TBD
Model United Nations – Middle School Elaine Trakas & Joel Brandon Interested members apply and are chosen after a brief interview.  Meeting times will begin in January.  Applications will begin in October.
National Art Honor Society Deb Pickard High school students are invited to join the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) based upon their artistic abilities and involvement in the SJCS art program. 
National English Honor Society Megan Koon Recognizes students who have excelled in the area of language arts and who show a genuine love of subject and an interest in promoting literacy and language appreciation in the greater community. 
National French Honor Society Jeanne McCoy The Société Honoraire de Français recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship in the study of French language. The purpose of this society is to recognize high achievement of secondary students in French and to promote a continuing interest in Francophone studies. This society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.
National Honor Society Jeanne McCoy & Sean Chapman To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

Application Process:
Introduction to the NHS Selection Process
General Description of Leadership, Service, and Character
Selection Process Overview
Short Essays
Sample Application

National Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta) George Carr Dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school students. 
National Music Honor Society (Tri-M) Marj Malphrus Tri-M provides recognition to some of St. Joseph’s finest musicians and helps unite students from the school’s various musical ensembles (vocal and instrumental) into one music department. 
National Science Honor Society Ryan Koon The Science National Honor Society was founded in 2000 with the goal of being a scientific organization that will engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America.
National Social Studies Honor Society Meby Carr The Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society is an honor society for the recognition of achievement and excellence in the discipline of social studies at the high school level. This society is open to juniors and seniors who meet the entrance criteria.
National Spanish Honor Society Mireya Lumbreras Juniors/seniors with 90CP or 93H in Spanish 3
News & Current Events Club Marla Palmer
Outdoors Club Shawna Fesler The Outdoors Club has various activities planned throughout the year, including hikes at Paris Mountain, Conestee, and Caesar’s Head, as well as a kayaking adventure and field trip to the Whitewater Center in Charlotte.  Open to all HS students.
Pep Band Marj Malphrus The “Band of Knights” Pep Band has established a tradition of spirit and school pride as they cheer on the Football team from the stands on friday nights. When the school year begins, Pep Band will rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 – 2:45 PM.
Ping-Pong Club Kenneth Covington, Kelly Assinesi St. Joseph’s first ever Table Tennis Club, open to all high schoolers, gives students an opportunity to de-stress and bring students together to meet new people and form friendships through friendly competition playing table tennis in Mr. Covington’s room.
Pope Francis Forum for Dialogue and Diversity Jennie Neighbors The deepest unity creates a beautiful diversity, for “there are many members, but one body” (1 Cor 12:20) of Christ. High school students who would like to seek unity in diversity and to help create a culture of inclusion and welcoming may be interested in this student led forum. Tuesday HS lunch.
Quiz Bowl – High School Sean Chapman Quiz Bowl meets once week and is geared towards those who enjoy academic trivia, and have a particular knack for remembering details. In Quiz Bowl students will have the opportunity to compete against one another, as well as others schools as they test their knowledge and intellectual quickness in a variety of head to head competitions. We meet every Tuesday.
Quiz Bowl – Middle School Therese DeMars & Jay Tierney Contestants chosen by testing in the fall.  Quiz Bowl meets once week and is geared towards those who enjoy academic trivia, and have a particular knack for remembering details. In Quiz Bowl students will have the opportunity to compete against one another, as well as others schools as they test their knowledge and intellectual quickness in a variety of head to head competitions.
Rise Against Hunger Shawna Fesler Want to do your part to fight against hunger and help those in need? Rise Against Hunger is for High School students and prepares fundraisers throughout the year and then runs a concluding event where students package thousands of meals that will be shipped to the hungry in Africa.
Rosary-Making Missionary Club Susie Benkert Open to any middle or high school boy or girl, the Rosary-Making Missionary Club is a drop-in missionary organization which makes and provides rosaries to both foreign and domestic mission fields. Whether you want to do missionary work, or you just like to string beads or knot cord, this is the club for you! Meets Club time on Thursdays for both HS and MS students and during MS lunch (4th period) on Tuesdays.
SJCS Philosophical Society Gabe Lewis and Bryan Haffey For High School Students interested in thinking and discussing the big questions. Meet on Mondays during HS lunch in Mr. Lewis’ room.
Speech & Debate Meby Carr
St. Anthony’s Mentors Gabe Lewis High school students who have 6th period study hall are invited to spend Tuesday lunch and 6th period at St. Anthony’s Catholic school helping to mentor the 2nd graders there.
STEM Club Lisa Shapiro Boys and girls in middle school will meet Tuesdays, after school starting in  October.  This club is no longer associated with the Boy Scouts of America, however, we will continue to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with multiple hands-on activities.
Student Council Gabe Lewis Meets Wednesdays, 7:10 AM in Mr. Lewis’ office, room b106
Students for Life Karl Orbon High school students who wish to be involved in the cause of promoting and protecting the dignity of human life, from conception until natural death.
Theatre Production/Stage Crew Teresa McGrath Any high school student can assist with crew for SJCS Theatre productions during afterschool and Saturday crew sessions. These students assist the Theatre Production designers and leaders in a variety of tasks helping to prepare the technical elements (set, props, tech, costumes, etc.) for each production. 
TRACE (Teens Rising Against Challenges Every Day) Carolyn Johnsen A high school club, TRACE’s Mission is to listen to and serve our peers with open minds and caring hearts by raising awareness about all of the challenges we face as teenagers. Trace proudly sponsors Red Ribbon Week at SJCS.
Yearbook Club – 8th Grade Elaine Trakas & Jen Collins Any 8th grader is welcome to join.  Meeting times will be announced when the new members gather in the fall.
Youth in Government – High School Meby Carr YIG is a mock state legislature and trial and appeals court held over 3 days in Columbia, SC. High school students from around the state participate and debate. Signups are held in the fall. Meets every Monday until Dec at lunch.
Youth in Government – Middle School Frank Kucinic Participation in Middle School Youth in Government (YIG) is competitive and limited. It is not an open club that one just joins, but is an academic organization that has high expectations of behavior and academic responsibility.